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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman goaltender Parker Milner made 25 saves and sophomore Jimmy Hayes netted the decisive goal to lead No. 10 Boston College to its fourth straight win, a 3-2 non-conference victory over Harvard at Bright Hockey Center on Wednesday.
BC jumped out to an early two-goal lead and never trailed to remain unbeaten in its last six games (5-0-1) and improve to 9-3-2 overall. The team will play at Providence on Saturday in its final game before the exam break.
Sophomore wing Cam Atkinson opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season at 8:39 of the opening period and classmate Paul Carey doubled the visitors' lead on his fifth of the year at 10:55.
After the host Crimson trimmed BC's lead to one goal (at 2-1) late in the first period while on the power play, Hayes put the Eagles back up by two goals, notching the eventual gamewinner at 2:56 of the second period. Hayes' goal was scored off a Steven Whitney shot and rebound.
Senior Michael Biega brought Harvard back within one goal on his fourth goal of the season with 11:59 left in the final frame to conclude the game's scoring.
Milner stopped nine shots in the first period, three in the second and 13 in the third to earn his fourth victory in as many appearances.
Harvard outshot BC, 27-26, in the contest. The Crimson fall to 1-8-2 this season.
Junior goaltender Kyle Richter allowed three goals in 22:56 before he was replaced by Ryan Carroll, who stopped all 17 shots faced in final 37:04. Richter falls to 1-6-1.
Game Notes: BC has won five straight over Harvard and its senior class is 6-1-0 in seven games against the Crimson over the last three-plus seasons ... Atkinson has six goals and nine points in the last seven games ... Junior Brian Gibbons, who assisted on Carey's goal, extended his scoring streak to five games (2-4-6) ... Defenseman Carl Sneep did not register a point for the first time in six games; he tallied six points - three goals and three assists - during that five-game scoring stretch ... Freshman Philip Samuelsson has tallied one assist in three straight games ... Senior wing Ben Smith, who also assisted on Carey's first-period goal, has 99 career points (50 goals, 49 assists) in 137 games.